Thumbnail of CoverClipping from the Beaux Arts 2002 Issue of *Surface

Up Hill | Like other young New York designers, Claudia Hill has recently evolved her signature style from sharp architectural cuts to softer, more organic influences. Open-sleeved jackets, felted wool jumpers and “stand on your toes” trousers with exaggerated, asymmetric bell bottoms give her line on extra snuggly element. | Perhaps this call back to nature, evidenced in all these leaf and shell-inspired shapes, signaled Claudia’s desire to move on. Sadly, this season marks her departure from our shores. The German-born designer, frustrated by what she found to be a stagnating creative climate, ventures on to Paris next. A bien tôt. | Rolling Along: Fashion designer Claudia Hill’s kinder, gentler F/W collection |